A chance to see the acclaimed and ingenious award-winning film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi.
First shown at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was awarded the Golden Bear, and then at the Luxembourg City Film Festival, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi is a masterpiece of subversive and intelligent film making that should not be missed.
Banned from making films after his release from house arrest, Panahi secretly made Taxi using a camera disguised as a security camera, while driving a taxi around Teheran. He picks up a variety of fares, all actors, though some amateur, who tell him stories or drive the narrative by their very choice of destination.
They include Panahi’s own niece, an aspiring filmmaker herself, whose wielding of a camera is central to the story. Other fares include Teheran’s pirate video king, a human rights lawyer, a couple caught up in a traffic accident, and a pair of middle-aged women on a strange mission.
It is a film that is beautifully witty, wonderfully moving and powerfully political which Indiewire called “a thoroughly exciting, entertaining and ingenious work… elevates it to the company of all-time greats.” The film is shown as Teheran Taxi with French and German subtitles.
For a decent English-language film, stick with the Utopia and go see man of the moment Adam Driver in Saverio Costanzo’s gut-wrenching family drama Hungry Hearts.
Ciné Utopia, ave du Faïencerie, Luxembourg-Limpertsberg
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Action, Fantasy, Science-Fiction, US, 142 min
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Director(s): Joss Whedon